Racing and riding
We take part in amateur (and sometimes not-so-amateur) racing: road races, road crits, track races, fixed crits and time-trials. Some of us do off-road, audaxes and ultra-cycling. Oh, and we also ride for fun – think ad-hoc café rides, chat laps and town cruises. Unfortunately, we don’t currently offer organised club rides. However, keep an eye on our Instagram – that’s where we’ll post details in future.
Please note: these are on hold until early October. But you can get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Instagram for dates and times, when they resume. They’re usually weekly traffic-free sessions, designed to improve your bike handling, cornering and coordination. No point going fast without the control! The sessions are held by a couple of club members who are level 2 British Cycling coaches. No pressure, lots of fun.
It’s chill, fun, friendly and supportive. There’s no pressure to race but lots of encouragement if you’re up for it. We’re welcoming to new joiners and we’ll give you as much advice and info as we can, whatever you want to try. Plus, plenty of shits’n’giggles to be had in our skills sessions (although we’re serious about improving skills, speed and confidence!)
WHERE WE STARTED
Velociposse began as an all-women's track cycling team, founded in 2015 by Jess Hayes and Matt Butt. In 2017 we reformed as a club – open to all women, with more focus on participation and different cycling disciplines. We are now completely member-run, with a small committee to make decisions.
Huge thanks to…
Cycling Grants London, for a three-year TFL-funded grant which helps us hold training sessions and events to encourage women’s cycling. It’s also allowed us to train some of our members as British Cycling coaches. We’re so grateful for this funding.
We’ve also received incredible support from Aventon. The generosity of founder J.W. Zhang means it’s been much easier for our riders to take part in track and fixed crit racing. We can’t thank him enough!
Photography: Sam Holden